E-cigarettes and similar devices

Section On Tobacco Control

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Abstract

Electronic cigarettes (e-cigarettes) are the most commonly used tobacco product among youth. The 2016 US Surgeon General’s Report on e-cigarette use among youth and young adults concluded that e-cigarettes are unsafe for children and adolescents. Furthermore, strong and consistent evidence finds that children and adolescents who use e-cigarettes are significantly more likely to go on to use traditional cigarettes—a product that kills half its long-term users. E-cigarette manufacturers target children with enticing candy and fruit flavors and use marketing strategies that have been previously successful with traditional cigarettes to attract youth to these products. Numerous toxicants and carcinogens have been found in e-cigarette solutions. Nonusers are involuntarily exposed to the emissions of these devices with secondhand and thirdhand aerosol. To prevent children, adolescents, and young adults from transitioning from e-cigarettes to traditional cigarettes and minimize the potential public health harm from e-cigarette use, there is a critical need for e-cigarette regulation, legislative action, and counterpromotion to protect youth.

Original languageEnglish (US)
Article numbere20183652
JournalPediatrics
Volume143
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Feb 2019

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Pediatrics, Perinatology, and Child Health

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    Section On Tobacco Control (2019). E-cigarettes and similar devices. Pediatrics, 143(2), [e20183652]. https://doi.org/10.1542/peds.2018-3652